– . – Tina Gharavi (Director)
What training have you received?
I wanted to be Andy Warhol when I was 14; I went to train as a painter but I collided with video art and 16mm cameras. The stories I wanted to tell were moving and had sound. As a youngster I played hooky in cinemas; in one day I watched ET, Poltergeist, and War Games. I was hooked.
What kind of projects attract you?
I’m interested in viewpoint, power and probably the greatest theme in Hollywood films: The Outsider. Most of my stuff comes from what I am experiencing. The rawness is there on screen and that can only come from having experienced those landscapes yourself. At the moment, I am working on a gangster pic and a film about exonerees from death row; both betrayal and injustice are themes close to my heart.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a director?
Beeban Kidron, my mentor thanks to Guiding Lights, reminded me that ‘nobody knows anything.’ That is good advice. I remember an experienced line producer coming into our offices and looking at our budget, script and ambitions and saying that it ‘wasn’t going to be possible’. Needless-to-say, she didn’t get the job and we have made an incredible film shot in Iran for under £100K…
Tell us the most significant moment in your career so far
Calling wrap on I Am Nasrine. Our hearts have gone into this: our actors, our patrons, and an unstoppable crew. I have loathed and loved it in equal amounts. But I’ve now done it and nothing can take that away. That is a brilliant feeling.
You’ll die happy when…
Now! I’ve lived a good life. Though I’ve had to fight to get things done and it hasn’t been an easy road, I’ve made films that matter and I have been so privileged to teach people and help plant seeds for the future.